The Sheep Tales project has compiled a fascinating archive of over 700 photographic images and 50 hours of recorded oral history, preserving the memories of shepherds and farming communities living and working in rural North Northumberland.

The images and oral clips available on this website are only a small selection of the full digital archive, which is now permanently preserved in the Berwick-upon-Tweed Record Office. 

The archive material available on this website has been carefully chosen to give a taste of the depth and breadth of the material collected by the project. We hope you enjoy this selection of archive material and learning something of the history and stories about shepherding in Northumberland.

The project wishes to thank the many people who shared their shepherding memories with us and allowed us to borrow their photographs for scanning, With their help we have built up a comprehensive collection of images and memories about this important aspect of our local heritage, which will now be preserved for future generations.

The full Sheep Tales and Spinning Yarns digital archive, along with other family and local history sources relating to North Northumberland, can be consulted at the Berwick Record Office on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9.30 to 1.00 and 2.00 to 5.00. Advance notice of a visit is appreciated if you wish to listen to the Oral History recordings.

For further information, please contact Linda Bankier on (01289) 301865 or 
Berwick-upon-Tweed Record Office, Council Offices,
​Wallace Green, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1ED.